In recent years, Netflix has made attempts to crack down on password sharing. It’s something that used to be a common practice. However, recent changes to the way accounts work have made it much harder to do. So, how has this affected sign-up rates?
One of the main aims of the crackdown was to increase the number of users at a time when Netflix was starting to see a decline in the number of users – and in its profits.
Netflix has now announced that, due to the changes, it has seen a surge in new sign-ups at the end of the previous year, with more customers now creating individual accounts.
In the final quarter of the year, the streaming giant garnered over 13.1 million subscriptions, marking the highest quarterly increase since 2020 and continuing a growth trend initiated the previous year. Netflix has also announced plans to raise prices, showing that the company is confident in its growth trajectory,
A significant portion of the new members are using Netflix’s most affordable plan, despite the inclusion of advertisements. The company revealed that in the 12 countries where it introduced ads, including major markets like the UK and the US. this accounted for 40% of new sign-ups,
This is a departure from Netflix’s longstanding resistance to ads, with the company previously citing concerns about impacting the viewer experience and complicating its business with privacy and other issues.
Facing an unexpected decline in subscribers and subsequent profit reduction in the first half of 2022, Netflix explored new avenues to attract viewers and increase revenue.
Alongside the introduction of ads and the crackdown on password-sharing, the company is experimenting with more live events. Recently, it announced a 10-year, $5 billion deal to bring WWE Raw to its platform.
While Netflix does not anticipate advertising contributions to grow this year, the move has generated excitement on Wall Street due to the potential for increased earnings per account.
Despite concerns among analysts about sign-up stagnation without a standout hit, Netflix reported a strong slate of programs in the last quarter, including popular titles like the Beckham documentary series and Adam Sandler’s “Leo.” The platform received 18 Oscar nominations, including “Best Picture” for “Maestro.”
In response to the positive performance, Netflix’s shares surged over 6% in after-hours trade. For the year 2023, the company reported revenue of $33.7 billion, a more than 6% increase over 2022, with profits reaching $5.4 billion compared to $4.49 billion the previous year.